As you may have already seen from our exclusive sneak peek earlier this week, Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Community represents a provocative development in the relationship between Jeff (Joel McHale) and Annie (Alison Brie).

How does it happen? In part, guest star Tricia Helfer has something to do with it. Don’t worry, Jeff/Annie shippers, the Battlestar Galactica alum and Tron: Uprising voice actress assures us that her character, Lauren, is merely a catalyst in the developing romantic storyline as opposed to an interloper.

“Anything [coming] in between [Jeff and Annie] is taken badly,” Helfer tells Celebuzz. “But, I think that once the [fans] see the episode, they’ll realize that Jeff won’t be going down that route with Lauren anyway. I think Lauren will send out a bit of some crazy signals to Jeff.”

Thursday’s episode, “Convention of Time and Space,” finds the study group at a convention for the show’s Doctor Who-like series, “Inspector Spacetime.” And to Jeff’s chagrin, he finds out that he’s the spitting image of one of the series’ villains. That’s what attracts super fan Lauren to him.

CB! spoke with Helfer about her guest role, asked her to compare her leading men and found out some disturbing news about the future of Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising.

Celebuzz: What was the most memorable part of being on the set of Community?
Tricia Helfer: I just did a small, cameo role. It was really to get to work with Joel McHale. I had met him when I interviewed with him and did a little skit on The Soup. I think he’s talented and an extremely sweet and funny guy. I didn’t know any of the other castmembers going into it, so the most fun is just getting to work with another group of people.

CB: Any chance that your character will return?
TH: Not at this point. I certainly would. I think that it’s a fun show and a talented group of people, but I think Lauren was pretty specific to that episode considering the convention that they were at and that Lauren is a big fan of “Inspector Spacetime.” I don’t know if she’d fit in, but you never know!

CB: @AndreaKCC on Twitter wants to know, who’s hotter: Joel McHale or Battlestar Galactica’s Jamie Bamber?
THG: [Laughs] How can you compare the two? I don’t know, they’re both incredibly hot and sweet guys. I know Jamie Bamber better after working with him for five years, but think I’d have to say it’s a tie.

CB: You’ve attended a lot of fan conventions during your career. What’s your craziest experience from a convention?
TH:There have been times where one person gets a little too nervous or grabby or something. But on the whole, everyone’s just really pleasant and just wants to talk to you about the show. The Q&A sessions are what I enjoy the most, because you can talk to the fans directly about the show and things. But, sometimes you’ll just get somebody that’s a little bit too excited or they can’t even speak to you because they lose their ability because they’re so nervous or something. But, it’s fun at the same time.

CB: There’s some talk that Tron: Uprising won’t be renewed. Have you heard any news on whether the series will be coming back?
TH: To my knowledge, it’s not looking likely. I can’t say 100 percent. But when I filmed a couple weeks ago, my last session for this season, it was kind of eluded to that, yes, they weren’t coming back.

CB: You play the nonhuman role of The Grid. If the show does return, do you think that the role can evolve in any way?
TH: With those types of shows, yeah it could always evolve. You’re much more limited if you’re dealing with human beings or something. When I did Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, the video games, in ME2, I’m in the A.I., which is somewhat similar to The Grid. And in ME3, the A.I. gets a body and can go out on a mission, so you never know! I don’t really see it with the Grid, seeing that it’s kind of just the voice of the world, but you certainly never know.

Community airs Thursdays at 8PM on NBC.

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